Off-Campus Composting Program

Off-campus and commuter students can sign up for the composting drop-off program by filling out the sign-up form. Students can receive a free 2.1-gallon kitchen composting bin. After receiving an email confirmation that you have been added to the program, participants can collect your bins by in our office (3106 Ohio Union) M-F, 8 – 5 p.m. Participants can then collect acceptable organics materials at home and bring them to one of the seven drop-off locations about once a week when you come to campus for work or class. OCCSE also serves as a compost distribution site for staff and faculty.

As a university, our goal is to foster a campus-to-community, students-to-alumni culture of sustainability-oriented practices and educational and research experiences that students and alumni transfer into local and global communities.

What is composting?

Composting is the process of recycling organic matter such as food scraps, leaves, and animal products into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.

What can I compost?

  • Ohio State’s composting program accepts plant and animal-based products, including Food scraps, like fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, bones, shellfish, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters.
  • Plant-based materials, including food-soiled pizza boxes, napkins, paper towels, wood stirrers and chopsticks.
  • Compostable serving ware, which is often labeled as compostable, BPI, #7, or “PLA”.

Where are campus drop-off points located?

Find the most convenient drop-off location by viewing a map of composting locations online.

To learn more, visit Ohio State Zero Waste’s Composting page.